home, that homeplace, the could begin to secure economic independence and political and social independence for themselves and their children. that was almost an agreement they had with american society. if they could find a home place -- for them, it was a farm. my grandmother and grandfather homesteaded 80 acres. if they could do that, that would be the beginning of how they would define equality. i think that is a value and a message that has continued through families, african american families in particular. often, since that time -- it now, with the slickest catastrophe in the housing market, we have lost that. not only are we being set back economically, but we are set back socially as well, as entire neighborhoods are lost, have been ravaged.